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Chris Thachuk

Senior Postdoctoral Fellow

California Institute of Technology

Biography

I am a Senior Postdoctoral Researcher at Caltech, working with Erik Winfree. My research focuses on applying principles from computer science and engineering to create programmable matter at the nanoscale with bio-molecules such as DNA. Prior to Caltech, I was a postdoc at Oxford Computer Science with Marta Kwiatkowska and a James Martin Fellow at the Institute for the Future of Computing, Oxford. I received my PhD in Computer Science from UBC in 2013, advised by Anne Condon. Much of my computations now happen in a test tube.

Interests

  • DNA computing & molecular programming
  • Synthetic biology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Algorithm & data structure design
  • Scientific software development

Education

  • PhD in Computer Science, 2013

    University of British Columbia

  • MSc in Computer Science & Bioinformatics, 2007

    Simon Fraser University & CIHR/MSFHR Bioinformatics Training Program for Health Research

  • BCS in Computer Science, 2005

    University of Windsor

Academic Positions

 
 
 
 
 

Senior Postdoctoral Fellow

California Institute of Technology

Feb 2014 – Present Pasadena, California, USA
 
 
 
 
 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant & James Martin Fellow

University Oxford

Oct 2012 – Jan 2014 Oxford, UK

Recent & Upcoming Talks

A fast, robust and reconfigurable molecular circuit breadboard

Building fast, robust molecular circuits used to be difficult. Not anymore.

2018 Foundations of Nanoscience invited talk

The promise of molecular programming lies in its ability to not only process information autonomously, but to do so in a biochemical …

Recent Publications

Contact

  • 1200 E California Blvd, MC 305-16, Pasadena, CA 91125
  • Locate the Moore Building and take the stairs to Floor 2. I am in Office 204C.